Stephen King’s ‘Gerald’s Game’ Is an Exercise in Isolation Horror

The year of Stephen King continues with another adaptation, this time landing on Netflix. King’s GERALD’S GAME was directed by Mike Flanagan who horrors fans know from films such as OCULUS, ABSENTIA, and HUSH.

Flanagan tackles GERALD’S GAME with a familiar approach that he took in HUSH. A film about a deaf writer who retreated into the woods to live a solitary life must fight for her life in silence when a masked killer appears at her window.

While the setup to GERALD’S GAME has a different overall premise the isolation horror aspect is in play and when done right can provide a terrifying and paralyzing fear. While trying to spice up their marriage in their remote lake house, Jessie (Carla Gugino) must fight to survive when her husband (Gerald; Bruce Greenwood) dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame. With no one else around the waiting game and hallucinations begins.

If you want to ramp up the fear factor while watching this film consider watching it in bed with an arm handcuffed to your bedpost. Yikes!

GERALD’S GAME comes to Netflix on September 29.